Fast-Track Applications in Italy

Fast-Track Applications are a great way to acquire your Italian Dual Citizenship! Cut the wait time in half and enjoy living in Italy while your application is processed at the Italian municipality. 

What is Fast-Track?

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There is an alternative way of applying for your Italian Dual Citizenship directly in Italy rather than at one of the Italian Consulates in the country where you are currently a resident.  For example, if you are faced with a long wait time for your appointment at your US Consulate, you can travel to Italy and apply in person.  Of course, there are several rules and procedures that apply to allow this “Fast Track Application” process to work in your favor.

Although there likely is no “wait” time for an appointment in Italy, you still must gather all the same documentation as if you were applying locally in the US or in your country of residency prior to arriving in Italy. Recognize that putting together an application, with Italian and US vital records, apostilles and translations to Italian, certified Naturalization Records, amendments (if applicable), etc. may take a while. Thus, the process of preparing your application takes the same amount of time whether you apply in the US or in Italy and that cannot be fast tracked.

How does Fast-Track work?

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MY ITALIAN FAMILY has teamed up with an Italian law firm to execute the administrative details and support you in the streamlined application process in Italy.  The process requires that you establish permanent residence in your family ancestral town or in any town of your liking, usually for the duration of the application, which takes 4 to 9 months (or more) to be finalized (please refer to “Helpful Facts for Residency” below). The time frame varies with each applicant.  The local town hall officials will ask you to show proof of residency for a minimum of 12 months, such as a lease for an apartment or home, a purchase of a home, or proof you are living with a relative, etc. You will need to stay initially in your new residence for a few weeks.  During this time, the local Police officer (or Vigile) will visit you to confirm that you are in fact living there.

It is advisable that you remain in Italy until the first step “Residency Registration” is completed, which usually takes about 45 to 60 days (or longer). Although once you have officially applied for Italian citizenship, you are free to leave Italy and travel to and from your country, while still keeping your legal residence in Italy, you must have the flexibility to fly back for special appointments that may be required by the town hall officials. 

NOTE: You must apply at the Italian Town hall of the Comune where you are going to reside. You cannot rent an apartment in one town and apply in another.

Helpful facts for Residency:

According to Italian Law, in addition to the formal registration with the town hall, residency is based on two fundamental elements:

1. The first element is physical presence in Italy, it must be regular and continuous, as opposed to sporadic and occasional. If an individual spends time both in Italy and in another country, the periods of presence outside of Italy are compared with the periods of presence in Italy in order to see which one is prevalent.

2. The second element is subjective; based on an individual’s intention to stay and live in Italy for the foreseeable future. In order to determine an individual’s intention to live in Italy on a regular basis, reference is made to numerous aspects, including but not limited to an individual’s conduct, social and personal habits, working relationships, family relationships, business and personal activities.

What's involved in getting Fast-Track from Start to Finish?

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Our fees for assisting you throughout the process covers the following activities:

• Assessment on eligibility and “Analysis & Planning” consultation sessions

• Collecting all Vital Records from Italy and from the US of your qualifying family lineage, including International Apostilles

• Collecting appropriate US Naturalization proof documents

• Conducting all the required translations of US Vital Records to Italian

• Contact with the relevant Italian town hall and citizenship office for confirmation of the list of documents

• Drafting and preparation of application documents 

• Assistance in filing application for citizenship at the town hall and follow up

• Assistance with permit of stay application (filing, fingerprinting and retrieval)

• Assistance with Town Hall registration and follow up

• Assistance after the adjudication of Italian citizenship to finalize the process: adjudication, transcriptions of documents and obtainment of an Italian identity card.

Let's get started!

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If this all reads like a “daunting” task, we are here to help and support you in your quest for Italian Dual Citizenship.  If this fits your situation and your goals of gaining Italian Citizenship faster than applying through a local US or other country Italian Consulate, please sign up for the Analysis & Planning Consultation to get started.